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Oil spill threatens toothy marine predator that is cultural and historic icon

Oil spill threatens toothy marine predator that is cultural and historic icon

Published: May 27th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The BP oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico threatens the existence of a critically endangered sawfish and its relative that recently has been proposed to join it as the only two marine fish in United States waters to receive such federal protection, says a University of Florida researcher.

Lowly termite, not the lion or elephant, may be the star of Africa’s savanna

Published: May 25th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The majestic animals most closely associated with the African savanna — fierce lions, massive elephants, towering giraffes – may be relatively minor players when it comes to shaping the ecosystem.

Scientists: Malaria control to overcome disease’s spread as climate warms

Published: May 19th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Contrary to a widespread assumption, global warming is unlikely to expand the range of malaria because of malaria control, development and other factors that are at work to corral the disease.

UF study finds Miami’s soils are ‘heavily contaminated’ with vehicle-exhaust pollutants

Published: May 18th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida study has revealed that soil in urban Miami has high amounts of 16 pollutants commonly found in vehicle exhaust that have been linked to respiratory, immunological, neurological and other diseases.

The nose knows: UF to help train experts in sniffing out oil spill-contaminated seafood

Published: May 12th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To keep consumers safe from seafood that could be tainted by the Gulf oil spill, regulatory officials will rely on an incredibly sophisticated, delicate tool: the human nose.

No need to fertilize newly placed St. Augustinegrass sod, UF study shows

Published: May 5th, 2010

Florida homeowners and contractors laying St. Augustinegrass sod this spring can save money and help the environment if they wait at least one month before fertilizing, University of Florida experts say.